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Our noggins handle a lot on a daily basis … especially when living a modern, homesteader life.

Stress. Jobs. Kids. Finances. Food. That large piece of chocolate cake that you couldn’t resist (not that anyone in my family has ever struggled with some temptation). All of these things in our life can cause occasional and sometimes painful headaches.

Kick those headaches to the curb with my homemade peppermint headache relief stick. Mix up a batch of these portable tubes and toss them in your purse, backpack, or tote and take them with you wherever you go. Sure, you can buy countless headache relieving remedies at the grocery store but why not make your own with simple ingredients that you’ve grown or purchased from reputable sellers? This natural remedy is easy to whip up and makes a great gift.

A couple of years ago my mom and I started digging into herbalism and the medicinal benefits of common herbs like peppermint, thyme, basil and sage. Since then our knowledge of herbs has grown and we’ve created a variety of DIY remedies and cosmetics. The Peppermint Headache Relief was the first item I created. Specifically for my husband, since at the time he went through a season of frequent headaches. The relief formula is smooth, glides onto your temples easily and starts working within minutes. Plus the scent of fresh peppermint is just delightful and seems to help relax the body.

Where to Get Supplies for Natural Headache Relief

Many of these ingredients you can find locally but if you have any trouble, Amazon or Brambleberry is a great source for quality supplies.

Homemade Headache Relief Recipe

Makes: 2 ounces (Approximately 10 Tubes)

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbs (1 g) Dried mint leaves
  • 1 Tbs (1 g) Dried pine needles
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) Grape seed oil
  • 1/2 Tbs (7 ml) Tamanu oil
  • 0.5 oz (14 g ) Beeswax
  • 1/4 tsp Peppermint essential oil
  • 2-3 Drops of rosemary essential oil
  • Chapstick tubes
  • Mason jar

Instructions

Infuse the herbs into the oil.

My favorite way is the slow sunny window method. Place the crumbled mint leaves and chopped pine needles into a mason jar. Pour the grape seed oil over top. Be sure the oil completely covers the dried herbs. Cap the mason jar with a lid, place within a paper bag and sit on the sill of a warm, sunny window. Within 7-14 days, the infused oil will be ready to use.

Alternatively, you can also add the oil and herbs into a small saucepan on your stove over low heat. Allow the herbs to simmer for no more than 2 hours. Do not boil. This method works well if you are in a hurry but the infused oil may not be quite as medicinally strong as the slow method.

Once the oil has been infused, strain out the herbs and place 1/4 cup (60 ml) of the infused oil into another canning jar. Combine the infused oil, tamanu oil and beeswax. Set the jar into a saucepan with a few inches of water over low heat until the beeswax has melted.

Remove jar from pan and allow to cool for a few minutes. Stir in the peppermint and rosemary essential oil. Carefully pour into tubes, working somewhat quickly before the before the beeswax hardens. Let the chapstick tubes set up for several hours or until solid. Store tubes in a cool, dark place.

Optionally, you can decorate the sticks with paper, twine, or stickers.

To use the headache relief stick, dab a little onto your temples, forehead or the back of your neck.

 

Homemade Headache Relief Tips

  • When infusing, cover your herbs completely with oil to prevent molding
  • Use a measuring cup with a spout to easily pour into your chapstick tubes
  • Peppermint has excellent cooling, calming and uplifting properties that are great in relieving inflammation 
  • Pine is great for soothing mild pains
  • Rosemary fights headaches and fatigue
  • For an extra boost of pain relief, you can infuse a few sprigs of dried rosemary into the oil along with the peppermint and pine needles
Yield: 2 ounces/10 Tubes

Natural Headache Relief

Natural Headache Relief

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbs (1 g) Dried mint leaves
  • 1 Tbs (1 g) Dried pine needles
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) Grape seed oil
  • 1/2 Tbs (7 ml) Tamanu oil
  • 0.5 oz (14 g ) Beeswax
  • 1/4 tsp Peppermint essential oil
  • 2-3 Drops of rosemary essential oil
  • Chapstick tubes
  • Mason jar

Instructions

    1. Infuse the herbs into the oil. Place the crumbled mint leaves and chopped pine needles into a mason jar. Pour the grape seed oil over top. Be sure the oil completely covers the dried herbs. Cap the mason jar with a lid, place within a paper bag and sit on the sill of a warm, sunny window. Within 7-14 days, the infused oil will be ready to use.

    2. Once the oil has been infused, strain out the herbs and place 1/4 cup (60 ml) of the infused oil into another canning jar. Combine the infused oil, tamanu oil and beeswax. Set the jar into a saucepan with a few inches of water over low heat until the beeswax has melted.

    3. Remove jar from pan and allow to cool for a few minutes. Stir in the peppermint and rosemary essential oil. Carefully pour into tubes, working somewhat quickly before the before the beeswax hardens. Let the chapstick tubes set up for several hours or until solid. Store tubes in a cool, dark place.

    4. Optionally, you can decorate the sticks with paper, twine, or stickers.

    5. To use the headache relief stick, dab a little onto your temples, forehead or the back of your neck.

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